Marlin & Tuna Fishing Report South America, Feb 8-14, 2017

Feb 17, 2017Fishing Reports, Specials

Fellow Anglers,

It is mid through February and we have some exciting news from various destinations. Besides fishing details that will follow we have savings on last minute dates open to fish for marlin, tuna or bottom fishing. The destination that has stood out the last few days was Manta.


Ecuador has several great destinations to fish, dive, snorkel and tour. Galapagos, Manta, Esmeraldas and Salinas are all offered to charter.


The last two weeks in Manta has put this destination on the spotlight with terrific striped and blue marlin fishing. Manta has been on the international billfish scene for many years. However, its popularity is growing as it offers very good marlin fishing. For those anglers who like to jig and bottom fish the grouper and jack fishing has been phenomenal. Due to the local fleet of artisanal fishermen on pangas we are able to get continuous reports. There are few boats that sport fish from Manta but this destination each year grows in popularity.

Feb 8, 2017– Captain Andres Calero hosted a group from Argentina who targeted marlin on the Miura. They fished 35 miles Northwest of Manta. They raised 3 striped marlin going 1/3, a blue marlin 1/1 and several nice dorado. Panga Don Tiofilo fishing further North raised when 2/4 on blue marlin. Panita raised went 2/5 on blue marlin and 1/2 on striped marlin and 1/1 on a sailfish.

Feb 9, 2017– Miura fishing further North went 1/3 on blue marlin and 0/2 on striped marlin. Panita went 4/8 on blue marlin and 2/2 on striped marlin. Panga Sarabella 2/5 on striped marlin.

Feb 10, 2017– Miura fished on structure in 250 feet of water catching 8 almaco jacks, 3 snapper and 4 broomtail groupers. Panga Jose fishing just North of La Plata Islands went 1/1 on black marlin and 1/1 on blue marlin. Don Tiofilo further North went 2/7 on blue marlin. Panita went 0/4 on blue marlin and 1/2 on striped marlin.

Feb 11, 2017– Miura went 0/4 on striped marlin. Panga Jose fishing close to Miura went 1/1 on blue marlin and 0/2 on striped marlin.

Feb 12, 2017– Miura fishing again on structure had 7 almaco jacks and 2 broomtail groupers. Panita had a fantastic day reporting 5/10 on blue marlin. Panga Sarabella went 1/3 on blue marlin and harpooned a surface sunning swordfish.

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San Cristobal/Galapagos Islands

The marlin fishing in Galapagos has been the slowest we have seen in 5 years over the last 3 weeks. Green water filled with chlorophyll in some areas and very high temperatures (81 to 85 F) have made the bait scarce in the Eastern part of the archipelago. The tuna fishing has not been bad and anglers have enjoyed catching them with poppers or on the troll.

Feb 9/10, 2017– The group fished each morning onboard the Jhonamar 2 for marlin a couple of hours with no luck. The spent late morning and afternoons targeting tuna and caught their share of big eye tunas each day. Lost of green water reported near Floreana. The area named the Orca was quite productive with tuna.

Feb 11, 2017– Richard Mckenzie and family went for a snorkel private tour of Kicker Rock. In the afternoon they fished 5 Fingers Rock for tuna and caught a few nice big eyer jigging and lost a few more.

Feb 12, 2017– Richard Meckenzie and family onboard Jhonamar 2 fished Rosa Blanca banks but went 1/2 for wahoo and no marlin. Water was dirty green with an abundance of chlorophyll.

Feb 13, 2017– The McKenzie family fished Punta Pitt onboard Jhonamar 2searching for marlin in the morning and part of the afternoon. After no luck on marlin they decided to bottom fish catching as few jacks and reef fish.

Feb 14, 2017– The last day fishing with the Mckenzie family captain Julio Rodriguez took the Jhonamar to fish the Orca near Floreana. Their dream of catching a striped marlin came true. They also caught 9 tunas between yellow fin and big eyes and had several more bites on poppers and light tackle.

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Santa Cruz/Galapagos Islands

Feb 10 to 14, 2017- boats were reporting no wahoo. The tuna bite to the Northwest was pretty good with local artesanal boats averaging 5 to 10 fish on most days. No one has been targeting marlin from this island during this week.

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No reports at this moment coming from Esmeraldas as no one has been fishing that can provide information the last few days.


Some decent blue and striped marlin action was reporte From Feb 9 to 14 from artesanal pangas in the area running 40 to 50 miles out to find nice blue water reported on average 2 to 5 raises between blue and striped marlin each day. Lost of bait in the area.


Cabo Blanco/Mancora

The water in Peru inside 35 miles has been a mix of green heavy with chlorophyll the last 4 days. Pangas are running 45 miles plus to find blue water. There has been some action from tuna near the gas rigs.

Feb 9, 2017– The Ecuagringo research Panga headed out to Mancora Bank and trolled the Southwest corner finding decent action from 3 nice big eye tunas around 65# and 79 F water in the morning. They were able to raise 3 striped marlin after about 1:30 pm but did catch any.

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